Everyone who owns a home knows how common plumbing problems can be. Most plumbing problems are found in the kitchen and bathroom. Really, at some point every homeowner will deal with some kind of plumbing problem. Make note of the following advice in order to prepare yourself for future plumbing problems.
Have a professional flush your septic tank every five years or so to keep it working well. This will prevent sediment from piling up in your tank, which could cause it to overflow into your home and yard, or even cause the entire septic system to fail. If the cost of pumping your septic tank seems a bit steep, remember that the cost of cleanup and repair of a failed septic system will be much higher.
If you aren’t having any luck using a plunger on a clogged toilet, you may want to try pouring warm water into it from waist high. If the water goes down to a lower level again, then you should repeat the procedure.
You should put a strainer over your drains to catch anything that could clog your drain up. The strainer in the kitchen sink should be cleaned each time you have large particles trapped in it. Clean out the bathtup strainer every few days before it becomes clogged.
Keep your bathtub in good shape by using a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down its drain monthly. Cover the drain with a plug or rag as you wait for the chemical reaction between the vinegar and baking soda to happen in your pipes. Wait for a little while and then allow boiling water to go down the drain. Doing this will help rid your pipes of disgusting soap scum and blockages.
Homeowners cause themselves a disservice by not having a little plumbing knowledge prior to a plumbing problem. Anyone who owns a home needs to have a small arsenal of tools and tips at their disposal, just in case. If a plumbing problem arises in your future, the information you read in this article should help you deal with it.